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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

SIMON SAYS......... LET'S GET HOPPING

Hello peeps,
I'm so sorry my blog hop post is late, I've only just come on line and hadn't realised there was a mix up with our publishing time & I then had problems trying to over ride my scheduled post grrrrrrr lol.

LETS GET HOPPING
For the second year in a row, Simon Says Stamp and Show & The Simon Says Stamp Challenge are joining forces to bring you a SUPER hop and treasure hunt to celebrate the approaching fall and winter holidays.

The Blog hop will finish on September 5th at 12 MN Ohio time (Sept 6th, 6 am CET, 5 am UK time) on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog.
The last stop on the hop is the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog. You will need to leave a comment there with the names of the 3 blogs with hidden treasure. The comments will be moderated so you will not be able to see the answers.
The theme for both challenges this week will be
You can make anything you like … a card, an ATC, a Scrapbook layout … the possibilities are endless!

You will need to hop through each blog, find the little parcel of goodies and make a note on which designer’s blog you found them. You do not HAVE to comment on all the DT blogs but we would appreciate any comments you would like to leave. If you lose your way at any time a full list of all the participating blogs with links will be available on Simon Says Stamp Challenge and the Stamp and Show Challenge blogs.
If you arrived here from the super talented 
 then you are going in the right direction otherwise you need to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

This week our DT are showcasing CUTTLEBUG EMBOSSING FOLDERS, if you have them we'd love to see them but as always it's not compulsory to enter the challenge.
I have used the Cuttlebug block hearts embossing folder on my card.

Today is my mum & Tony's wedding anniversary and my DT card is the one I have for them
Ingredients -
Sentiment -Magnolia
Flowers - Prima & stash
Ribbon - May Arts
Pin - homemade using Blue Moon pearls & beads from stash


 This is the fabulous prize our lovely Heidi is giving away to the lucky winner, I wish I could enter lol
Along the hop there are some $25 vouchers up for grabs on some of the DT blogs

There are also going to be lots of giveaways on the
so keep an eye out for them
I'll be back and enter some challenges later as I've not caught up with challenges yet from being poorly.
EDITED - I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Jelly Park Friends - punches, Just Magnolia - bingo (embossing, flowers, pins), Totally Gorjuss - as you like it, Magnolia Down Under - texture, Make It Monday - anything goes, Deep Ocean - hearts, Crafty Creations - punches & dies (MS punch around the page, MS frond leaf punch, 2 x nesties), Fab n Funky - embossing

Next on the hop is my lovely and super talented teamie the queen of shabby chic



Before I go I've a little plea.
Our lovely Jo has entered the La La Land contest and we'd love it if you'd support Jo & pop over and give our her your vote.
Here is Jo's beautiful card, click the pic to take you over to vote, Jo's card is number 17


Pretty please give our Jo your vote.

Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

I'm Back With A Little Candy, A Very Late DT Card & A Blog Hop Reminder

Hello peep's,
Sorry I've been AWOL for so long, I haven't felt that poorly in ages. I felt like I was falling apart as my ears and sinus were affected as well as having tonsillitis and to finish me off I got a chest infection too, old age is cruel lol. I've been given another lot of antibiotics today so it's just the chest infection to get rid of now and I'm good to go again.

I am soooooo very late with my Paper Play DT card (sorry teamies) and I expect you all already know the challenge is "Back to school" but if not you have another day to enter.

The image I've used is from our sponsor Kenny K which I've coloured with Copics. The paper is Magnolia & some Kraft from stash, the stars are Magnolia stamps and the punch I've used is an EK Success one.

I have no idea what any challenges are so if I've time after trying to catch up with some DT commenting I'll pop back and enter some.
EDITED - I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Creative Card Crew - anything goes, Cards 4 Men - G is for ..... green!, Stamp Something - back to school, 2 Sisters - boys and their toys, Challenge Up Your Life - card for a male, Crazy 4 Challenges - male theme, Just Us Girls - back to school, Totally Papercrafts - back to school

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SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG HOP REMINDER

Did you remember to write the date on your calendar ?? The SOOPER DOOPER Stamp-tember Hop and Treasure Hunt starts TOMORROW, Wednesday 31st August at 12MN Ohio time (6pm CET, 5pm UK time) on the
Be there or be SQUARE !! :-)
Come along and join in the FUN !!!! :-)
Also there will be lots of fantastic candy giveaways on the Simon Says Stamp blog throughout September ,, so keep a close eye over there for plenty of chances to win some yummy goodies :-)
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MINI CANDY
Before I go dashing off to try and catch up with some DT commenting I have a little mini candy to share.
I bought loads of bits and pieces to make some fancy pins ages ago and before I became poorly I finally got around to making lots of  pins for my cards

If anyone would like any pins just let me know in your comment and I'll get hubby to pick a name out and pop some in the post to the winner
I can't wait to be able to catch up with you all.
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Racing Bunnies - Simon Says Stamp DT

Good morning peeps,
Today I am using our lovely Lols draft from the challenge blog for my post as I've got tonsillitis and feel rubbish and to be quite honest it's all too much effort at the moment & I just can't be bothered lol.
So it's over to Lols -

Before moving on to this weeks challenge we need you to cancel all your plans for next week, all leave is cancelled !! ha ha We need you all here to join us on a


HUGE Stamp-tember Blog Hop and Treasure Hunt !!

For the second year in a row the Simon Says Stamp and Show & the Simon Says Stamp Challenge are joining forces to celebrate the approaching fall and winter holidays. Be sure to come back on August 31st, (MN Ohio Time, 6 pm CET ) to start the hop. It will run through to September 5th. Simon Says Stamp is offering a FANTASTIC GRAND PRIZE , and there will be other opportunities to win some hidden treasure too ! So make a note in your diaries and make sure you are here to join in the FUN !!

This week our challenge at
is a
The DT are showcasing Lawn Fawn Stamps this week and if you have them we would like to see them, but you don't HAVE to to join in.
Ingredients -
Medium - Copics
Sentiment - Magnolia
I have masked the Winter Bunny & stamped it again to make it look like there are two & they are having a race, the snowflakes are punched out from the MS Aspen PATP.

Dawny has made this fab sketch for the challenge, as always you can flip or rotate it as long as we can still see the sketch
As usual Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a $50 voucher to her FANTASTIC Simon Says Stamp Superstore !! For fabulous tutorials, inspiration and candy you should keep an eye on the Simon Says Stamp Blog too Heidi and her staff have recently from the CHA and have ordered loads of THE hottest new products. Keep an eye on the All New Just In Pages there are sure to be lots of fab new goodies arriving right now !!
I've just realised I've not even looked at any challenges since Saturday so I will pop back later and enter some
 Edited - I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Paper Playtime - anything goes, Papertake - die cuts, Deep Ocean - light blue, Sketchy Colours - shades of blue, The Ribbon Girl - ribbon challenge, Make It Monday - anything goes, Simon Says Stamp & Show - travel, Crafty Hazelnuts - anything goes, Totally Gorjuss - cute & cuddly, Bah Humbug - something new (stamp), Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - non traditional, Stampin' For The Weekend - hoildays
Thanks for stopping by & thanks Lols for writing my post lol

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Snow White's A Singing & A DT Call - Addicted To Stamps DT Card

Good morning peeps,
I spent a good few hours blogging yesterday and managed to catch up with so many gorgeous blogs and finished off one of the commissioned cards I need to make. Hubby had a right grump on as his cricket match was cancelled again due to the weather so I listened to his huffing and sighing for ages before I told him off and headed for some peace in my craft room, honestly aren't men like kids or is it just mine lol.

Today is new challenge day at
& this fortnight we have a beautiful
 for you taken by our lovely Tanja

For my card today I have inked up my favourite Whiff Of Joy stamp from the Fall stamp club. I've never bought this stamp club before & was really worried if I'd like it or not after not liking the last Magnolia stamp club very much & I still haven't even cut the rubber, so I breathed a big sigh of relief when I saw them and looking at the little sneak peek I may have to buy the next one too lol.
Image - Whiff Of Joy from the Fall stamp club by Elizabeth Bell
Medium - Copics
Papers - Basic Grey, Green At Heart, it's retired so grab it quick!
Flowers - Hobbycraft, Kort & Gort, Prima & Wild Orchid
Sentiment - Magnolia
Button - Doodlebug
Seam binding & doily from stash
Tools - MS Cherry Blossom PATP,( currently out of stock but can be added to your Wish List ) Woodware small butterfly punch, Marianne Creatables Decorative Elegance

Sorry I haven't been able to list copic colours today, I'm still trying to get used to them & spend so long testing out if I like the combination of colours before using them on my image I forget what I've used as it's rarely the copics I intend using lol.

Here is the pretty photo inspiration we have for you this challenge


 This fortnight we also have a DT CALL at Addicted To Stamps
If you'd like to become part of a really friendly, happy, relaxed & super talented DT hop on over to the challenge blog and enter the
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Make It Colourful - ground it, Basic Grey - anything goes, One Stop Craft - bold & bright, Fussy & Fancy - use a lot (flowers), Jellypark Friends - favourite embellie (flowers), My Mum's Craft Shop - summer time, Stampavie & More - girls card, Anything Goes - birthday/celebration, Elphine House - fun in the sun, Sweet Sketch Wednesday - fab sketch, Flutterby Wednesday - punches &/or dies,  A Spoon Full Of Sugar - birthdays, Creative Inspirations - favourite stamp, Divas By Design - birthday, Cupcake Inspirations - inspirational piccy, colours & flowers

That's is from me peeps, my job of the day is pottering in the garden and cleaning out my greenhouse ready for all the geranium & fuchsia etc cuttings to go in and hopefully grow over winter, it's really time consuming but saves a fortune if you grow your own and I do love masses of flowers in my garden, now there's a surprise lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Tilda's Got A Cold Bottom! - Simon Says Stamp DT Card

Hello peeps,
Where has summer gone? I was so cold last night I switched the heating on for an hour which is madness in mid August!
Apologies for not making it round to many of you the last couple of days & thank you so much for your well wishes for my mum, she is still in hospital but despite being sick she looks amazingly well. We've no idea yet when mum will be able to go home, but I do know she'll have hours of all her soap operas to catch up on as she hasn't even seen a TV since she was taken into hospital on Friday night & she does love her soaps lol.

Today is new challenge day at
& this week our challenge is

For today's card I've rummaged in my stash and dug out some uninked cuties that I've had for probably over a year, shocking lol.
INGREDIENTS -
Sentiment - Magnolia
Lace - Prima
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a whopping
$50 spending spree in the

 Take a peek at the store blog for inspiration, new products and giveaways
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Magnolia Mania - half pearls, Oldie But A Goodie - the great outdoors, Papertake - bingo (middle row down-pearls, ribbon & free charm), Use It Tuesdays - Indian summer (I wish lol), The Crafty Pad - cute & girly, Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes, 2 Sisters - sketch, One Stop Craft - on the beach, Our Creative Corner - fun with fruit, Hooked On Crafts - sweet treats, Make It Monday - anything goes, Stamp Something - dog days of summer, Totally Papercrafts - food & drink
I so need to go in my craft room and play as I've some commissioned cards to make I just can't find any motivation at the moment, anyone know where I can buy some or have any to spare you could send my way lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Pretty As A Princess - Totally Tilda DT Card

Good morning peeps,
Apologies for being so late with my DT card today, I had one of those nights where I was clock watching until after 5am and must have nodded of to sleep sometime after that & then overslept & woke at 9.30am! It would be on a day when I've a hundred and one things to do, and my poor mommy has been admitted to hospital with heart problems so I'll be racing around like a mad woman before going to visit her this afternoon.

Today is new challenge day at
and this fortnights challenge is
We would love to see  a Princess Tilda, a crown or the word "Princess" somewhere on your card / creation.
As always my lovely teamies have some fabulous inspiration for you, please pop over and take a peek
Ingredients -
Image & Papers - Magnolia
Medium - copics
Flowers - Kort & Godt, Prima & Wild Orchid
Sentiment - Crafts For You (thanks Lynne x)
Fancy Corner - e-crafts online
Tools - MS Cherry Blossoms PATP, Marianne Designs Decorative Elegance die, Woodware small butterfly punch, X Cut large butterfly punch, Nesties, Heart border die - Magnolia

Apologies for not having time to link up the products I'll try and do it later
I've added some little bling gems on Tilda's tiara as well as adding loads of diamond stickles to Tilda's tiara, dress & shoes, and I have actually remembered to make a note of the copics I've used!
Skin - E000, E00, EO1, E11, R20, Hair - E25, E31, E47, Dress & shoes - R81, R83, R85, R89, Gloves & dress trim - V000, V01
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Magnolia Down Under - inspired by a song (Dancing Queen - Abba), Crafty Ann's - scallops/fancy borders, The Stamp Man - anything goes with summer colours, Stampavie & More - girlie, Ruby's Rainbow - gems, Anything Goes - birthday / celebration, Craft Us Crazy - anything goes, Crafty Sentiments - punches & dies, Moving Along With The Times - fantasy, Flutterby Wednesday - open challenge, Magnolia Mania - special card, Hanna & Friends - sketch, Crafters Companion - glitter & glitz
Before I goes peeps I've a quick reminder that the
challenge is still open until next Saturday at


 I'm dashing off to try and wake myself up properly and kick my butt into busy mode lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Best Fishes - Paper Play DT Card

Good morning peeps,
Oh my word did I have a grumpy day yesterday, I didn't even want to spend time with myself I was that grumpy lol. It was 6 years yesterday since my car accident which has left me with this permanent very painful shoulder injury, I kept trying not to think about it & kept busy but those horrible memories just kept coming back, still at least that's over & done with for another year lol.

Today is new challenge day at
& this week our challenge is to
Eeke no pretty papers, at least I didn't have to brace myself for cutting a new sheet up lol, the shocker is I've gone Tim Hotlz style and got all inky.
Ingredients -
Medium - copics
Flowers - Prima & Wild Orchid
Charm - stash

To make the paper I randomly applied distressed inks using cut & dry foam and then stamped the fish from the Best Fishes stamp set on to my DIY paper using faded jeans distressed ink. Across the middle panel I have stamped some Magnolia shells with vintage photo distressed ink, as well as distressing the paper edges with vintage photo.
As my papers ended up being quite bold & bright I have gone for strong colouring too. Note to self - make a note of the copic colours I use when playing with them.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
365 Cards - underwater scene, Midnight Madness - sketch, Deep Ocean - sea, Kreative Stamp Friends - handmade background, Craft Your Passion - under the sea, Simon Says Stamp & Show - Tim Holtz technique,  Fun With Shapes & More - twine / cord, CES - water it, Just Magnolia & hAnglar - anything goes, opt glitter
My blogging session last night was interrupted by a little fella who wanted to play and kept attacking hubby's feet, terrorising poor Dude (dog), jumping on my laptop and whizzing around the lounge chirping, yes he makes a really funny chirping sound when he's full of mischief lol.
I think we do forget sometimes that Diddly's only 18 months old as he's so big compared to naughty little Daisy Mae, so I tipped his toy basket out and spent ages sat on the floor playing with him, he loves the beads he stole off the Christmas tree lol.
Peace at last lol
I'm off to the craft shop this morning with Ali, I've got to be good as I put myself on a spending diet as I'm fast running out of storage space and I've so many stamps that haven't been inked it's ridiculous, obviously if I need any "essentials" I will have to buy them lol.
Thanks for stopping by

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